In the fifth edition of the IPL, he made the record of being the only batsman to score five consecutive half centuries in T20s. Virender Sehwag is often noted for his extremely attacking style of batting, and in 2005 he was described by Wisden Cricketers' Almanack as the "most exciting opener in the world". Sehwag's aggressive batting has found success at the top of the batting order. He holds the record for the fastest triple century in Test Cricket. In March 2009, Sehwag smashed the fastest century ever scored by an Indian in ODI cricket, from 60 balls. He is one of the three Indian Players to have scored a double hundred in ODI cricket. His score of 219, remains the highest in ODI cricket.
An important man in Tasmania's middle order for the past few seasons, George Bailey added the captaincy to his list of responsibilities for 2009-10. He had been the deputy under Daniel Marsh for three seasons and it was no surprise, when Marsh stepped down, that Bailey was named as his successor. In his first season as full-time captain he led the Tigers to the FR Cup title and, having been the competition's second-top scorer with 538 runs at 59.77 including his first century, was called into Australia's ODI squad for the Chappell-Hadlee Series in March 2010. He didn't play any match in that series, but his captaincy for Tasmania so impressed the selectors that he was named Australia's Twenty20 captain in the 2011-12 season. That made him the first player since Dave Gregory in the first Test match in 1877, to be named captain in his first match for Australia in any format. This despite his ordinary batting record in the format: he'd scored only one T20 half-century in the last three seasons.
A massive hitter of the cricket ball, David Miller made his first class debut at the age of 17 for the Dolphins in January 2008. His natural habitat has been limited-overs cricket, regularly scoring at over a run-a-ball even in List A matches and hitting it longer and harder in domestic Twenty20s. South Africa's 2nd youngest T20I debutant, David Miller impressed cricketing experts with his hard hitting abilities. This ability was on display when he played some breathtaking knocks in the Indian T20 League. His finishing in the league games was of the highest quality which emphasized his destructive prowess. One such innings saw him take the bowling attack to the cleaners giving his team an unlikely victory, one that would redefine ultimate slog-over hitting by the phrase, "If it's in the V, it's in the tree, if it's in the arc, it's out of the park." On 6th May 2013, Miller hit the 3rd fastest IPL century (101 not out off 38 balls) against Royal Challengers Bangalore. The opposing captain Virat Kohli, said of the innings that, "It was one of the best innings that has ever been seen in the Indian Premier League".
Shaun Marsh first grabbed headlines in the 2008 IPL, where he scored over 600 runs at an astonishing average of 68.44 and was named "Batsman of the Series" and won the Orange Cap. His ability to pick the length of the delivery early and play around in 'V' has made him one of one of the most promising openers in world cricket. The Australian has always been regarded as one of the most naturally gifted top-order batsmen in the country. Being the leading run scorer for KXIP, having scored 1903 runs from 50 matches, including sixteen 50?s and a hundred, at an average 44.25, he continues to be an integral part of the franchise.
This "Emerging Cricketer of the Year 2013″ award winner became one of the fastest batsmen to reach 1000 runs in Test cricket in just 11 matches and 18 Test innings. His Test exploits didn't earn him much attention when it came to the limited-overs format, but a breakthrough performance in the NKP Salve Challenger Trophy 2012-13, where he hit two hundreds and a fifty in three innings, put him firmly in the selector's radar. Cheteshwar Pujara impressed cricket experts early on in his career by becoming the leading run scorer in the 2006 under-19 world cup, and topped the 2007-2008 Ranji Trophy charts too, with 807 runs.
A hard hitting right-handed batsman, Manan Vohra's innings of 79 in 35 balls against Australia in the 2012 U-19 Quadrangular Series got him all the limelight. He was made the captain of the Punjab U19 team and led his team in winning the Vinoo Mankad Trophy. Manan single-handedly led the Chandigarh challenge in the U22 tournament and hit knocks of 108, 129 and 179. He made his debut for Punjab in 2011. After recent media pressure, he silenced his critics with impressive Ranji scores for the season 2013-14, including a match winning 187 against Jharkhand.
With a first class bowling average of 20.22, picking up 158 wickets in 41 matches, Beuran Hendricks is steadily improving and readying himself for national honours. This left-arm fast bowler is capable of generating fearsome pace and has the ability to swing the ball as well. With an impressive first class season followed by a 28 wicket performance in the Ram Slam T20 challenge, 23 years old Hendricks, has made a mark for himself in the cricketing world.
With a high-arm action, Kartik is known for his ability to generate extra spin and bounce, and possesses a trajectory of a different kind. Kartik forced his way into the Indian team in 1999-2000 after impressive performances in the domestic games. He is known to be an economical one day bowler, consistently keeping the batsmen in check, even on flat pitches. He remains a popular overseas player in county cricket, with representation for Lancashire, Middlesex and later, Somerset.
Brought up in a village near Noida in Uttar Pradesh, Parvinder Awana has been slogging it out in the domestic circuit before getting an opportunity to display his skills in the Indian Premier League. 2011-12 was the right-arm medium-pacer's most successful domestic season when he picked up 35 wickets in seven matches and finished as Delhi's leading wicket-taker in the Ranji Trophy. After his impressive performances Awana realized his dream and received a call into the national side and made his debut for India in the shortest format of the game in December 2012. Having the ability to generate pace and control his swing, he has fetched wickets at a consistent rate, and has hence been one of KXIP's strike bowlers since IPL5.
This 32 year old veteran bowls with a whippy, quick-arm action and has the ability to bowl quicker deliveries, yorkers or bouncers without a perceptible change in action. His open-chested action, combined with a tendency to bowl wide from the crease, makes him a difficult bowler to tackle. His ability to swing the ball away, coupled with his unusual batting style and a smile wider than anyone else's, made him a favourite among the crowds.
A right-arm medium pacer from Punjab, Sandeep Sharma rose to prominence during the 2012 Under-19 World Cup. His four wickets in the final propelled India to the title and made him India's joint highest wicket-taker in the tournament with 12 scalps. The 20 year old Sandeep Sharma, made his first class debut in 2011, and has since picked up 83 wickets from just 20 matches, including 6 five wicket hauls, at an average of 22.78 to mark a superb start to his career. He also made an impressive IPL debut in 2013 picking up 3 wickets for 21 against Sunrisers Hyderabad.
Not many rated Mumbai medium-pacer Shardul Thakur high after his maiden Ranji season in 2012-13. He was overweight for a fast bowler. His lack of control over the ball saw him spraying deliveries at the fifth or sixth stumps, raising doubts over his talent. Statistics, too, didn't favour him as he had only six wickets from five games. Not letting criticisms and failures affect him, the 22-year-old Thakur toiled hard for the current season. He worked on his fitness and shed 12 kilos during the off season. Efforts were taken to improve his bowling too. Today, he has become one of Mumbai's main bowlers. Shardul Thakur can bowl fast and those who have seen him bowl know what this 22-year-old is capable of. Shardul bowls at good pace, clocking above 140kmph at times and swings the ball well.
He made his debut in the year 2007, playing for Railways Under-22 in the C K Nayudu Trophy. Thereafter, he made his first class debut in the year 2008, and has been an essential part of their side ever since. A back injury nearly threatened to end his career, but the lanky seamer worked hard on his fitness to force his way back into the side. He recently picked up 9 wickets in a Ranji Trophy semi final match against Bengal with an impressive economy rate to prove his consistency.
A game changer when he's on his game. Mitchell Johnson as described by Denis Lillee, "A Once in a Lifetime Prospect", remains Australia's most lethal and destructive bowler till date. No other left arm bowler has been able to copy his successful left arm method that mixes bouts of waywardness with spot-on strike-power. Mitchell Johnson can be destructive when he's fulfilling his enormous potential – with both ball and bat. The reappearance of his pace, venom and self-belief during the recent Ashes series has helped him earn the title of being one of the deadliest bowlers in international cricket.
Glenn Maxwell, also known as the "Big Show" is well known for his big-hitting, has already proven to be one of Australia's finest fielders. His catching is first rate, while he possesses one of the deadliest arms in the game. At just 24, Glenn Maxwell is one of the most promising cricketers in Australia's vast stocks. A big hitting batsman who can bowl handy off-spin, Maxwell has already featured prominently in the ODI and T20 sides, while he has recently broken into the Test team. In 2011, he set the record for the fastest ever half-century in Australian interstate one day cricket, reaching 50 runs off 19 balls. Maxwell proved to be the most expensive player sold at the 2013 IPL Auctions, where Mumbai Indians bought him for 1 million US dollars.
A burly and strong man, Thisara Perera is a right-arm fast-medium bowler who bats left handed and has been touted as a genuine all-rounder in the Sri Lankan ranks. Perera has regularly featured in ODIs and T20′s for Sri Lanka and has made a reputation for himself for his ability to strike a heavy ball and clear the boundary with relative ease.
Rishi Dhawan, a right arm fast bowler from Himachal Pradesh, is someone who can bat lower down the order and has a knack of taking wickets. The 24 year old all-rounder has had a stellar season with the ball and is amongst the leading wicket-takers in the Ranji Trophy. He has scored ten 50′s and three centuries in his first class career, and has taken 12 five wicket hauls. He impressed his critics while playing in IPL season VI.
This youngster is an outstanding batsman and a sharp fielder. A prolific run-scorer during his junior days, Mandeep continues to shine at the senior level too. A powerful striker of the cricket ball, Mandeep scored 432 runs from 16 matches in the 2012 season of IPL, including two half-centuries, and ended the tournament as the team's leading run-scorer. He was also adjudged the winner of "The Rising Star of the Tournament Award".
Akshar Patel, the 20 year old from Gujarat,is a bowling all rounder. This slow left arm orthodox bowler is known for his accurate and economical bowling and has shown promise with his batting skills.
Popularly known as Gurkeerat 'Super' Mann, for his spectacular catch to dismiss Ross Taylor in IPL 6, he has made quite the splash with the few opportunities he's got so far. Gurkeerat Mann Singh is a young batsman from Faridkot in Punjab. He made his limited-overs debut for Punjab in 2012 and impressed everyone by scoring 236 runs in his first five matches. This included a well-made century and a half-century. Inducted in the KXIP squad in IPL 2012, the batsman pulled off a thrilling last-ball victory against Deccan Chargers.
A nimble and agile wicketkeeper who has shown that his correct approach with the bat does not limit him from scoring freely in the shorter versions of the game, Wriddhiman Saha is Bengal's brightest hope since Sourav Ganguly retired from international cricket. Wriddhiman Saha's century on his Ranji debut was instrumental in propelling him to the Indian T20 league stage. A few fine performances for India A and a decent Ranji Season, later helped Saha earn his maiden Test call-up as the team's reserve wicket keeper.